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Cascade Board Member Gilion Dumas Coaches PSU Debaters

Cascade Policy Institute Board member Gilion Dumas recently spent 90 minutes with six young women at Portland State University who were preparing for a debate with their peers about the issue of mandatory sick leave. The women were part of … Continue reading

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Is Free-for-All in the Cafeteria Good for All?

The New York Times suggested in a recent editorial that providing both free breakfasts and free lunches for all children would be a great thing, in part because a school population that is better nourished is “more ready to learn.” … Continue reading

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Predicting TriMet’s Death Spiral

The Oregonian had a good page-one story on Sunday about the TriMet death spiral. The agency is steadily devolving from a transit district to a retirement and health-care center, with unsustainable fringe benefit costs that now far exceed the mere … Continue reading

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For Cirque du Soleil performance, cars prove more important than MAX

See my latest Letter to the Editor printed Thursday in the Oregonian about MAX use at the Expo Center’s Cirque du Soleil show, OVO. Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales asserted recently that the streetcar is a better transit option than bus service … Continue reading

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Thanking You for a Successful Year

From all of us at Cascade Policy Institute, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Latest Audit Shows TriMet Continuing to Circle the Drain

While TriMet is busy building a cool new transit-only bridge over the Willamette River and seizing expensive private property for the Milwaukie light rail line, the latest outside audit shows that the agency’s expenses are piling up at a much … Continue reading

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John Charles quoted in an American Spectator article about Portland!

“Portland’s experience with public transport holds lessons for the rest of the country. But they’re not the lessons that the Rail-Volutionaries think they are.” Check out Cascade’s John Charles being quoted in an American Spectator article about Portland!

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